Merry Christmas!

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Christmas is approaching and I am wishing everybody a joyful time and a prosperous and peaceful New Year 2015!

I already have a lot of Christmas covers in my collection, which you can find here.

Missing countries and territories

This year I already received covers from 31 countries that I was missing! A big THANK YOU to everybody, who helps getting my collection more complete!

Nevertheless I am missing covers from a lot of countries. If your country/territory is on the list below, please send me a cover! I am replying with a nice one from Austria.

Africa: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Guinea-Bissau, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Niger, São Tomé and Príncipe, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan

Americas: Barbuda, Bequia, Dominica, Grenada & Carriacou

Antarctica: Argentine Antarctica, Australian Antarctic Territory, Chilean Antarctic Territory, South Georgia

Asia: Abkhazia, Eastern Timor, Iraqi Kurdistan, Palestine, South Ossetia

Australia & Oceania: Cook Islands (Aitutaki, Penrhyn), Micronesia, Nauru, Niuafoʻou, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tokelau

Europe: Mt. Athos, Transnistria

I am also interested in receiving letters from local post services.

Please send all covers to the following address:

HAUPTSTRASSE 23
8262 ILZ
AUSTRIA

#873 USA – South Pole 14/11/23

US South Pole 141123On December 16 I received this marvelous cover from the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station, a big thank you to the station’s philatelic clerk Mr. Smith!

The left stamp is part of the set “Antarctic Explorers”, which was issued on September 14, 1988. It commemorates the explorer Richard E. Byrd (1888 – 1957). The right stamp is an imperforated copy of the “Global Forever” stamp, which was issued on January 28, 2013.

On the left there are stamps of the Antarctica Local Post and the International Local Post.

US South Pole 141123backOn the back there is an additional cancel of the National Science Foundation.

#872 Lithuania 14/12/12

Lietuva 141212Tomas has sent this beautiful Christmas cover from Lithuania, thank you!

It was posted in Tauragė on December 12 and arrived on December 16, 2014.

#871 Latvia 14/09/24

Latvia 140924On September 26 I received this beautiful cover from Latvia, thank you Juris! The cover was posted in Rīga on September 24.

Juris used a stamp and FDC, which was issued on September 12, 2014; it commemorates the Ainaži lighthouse.

The stamp at the bottom is part of the “Coat of Arms”-series and depicts the coat of arms of Staicele. It was issued on March 12, 2010.

#870 Slovenia 14/11/21

Slovenia 141121Joze has sent this nice cover from Slovenia, thank you! It was posted in Ljubljana on November 21 and arrived on December 1, 2014.

The stamps are part of the set “Birds of Slovenia”, which was issued on May 30, 2014. They depict the common merganser (Mergus merganser), the lesser kestrel (Falco naumanni), and the Eurasian crag martin (Hirundo rupestris).

#869 Poland 14/11/12

Poland 141112Janusz has sent this beautiful cover from Poalnd, thank you! It was posted in Wrocław on November 12 and arrived on November 17, 2014.

The mini-sheet commemorates the European bee-eater (Merops apiaster). The sheet was issued on July 31, 2014.

#868 USA 14/07/01

USA 140701This beautiful cover from the USA was sent by Nehemiah, thank you! It was posted in Paris, IL, on July 1 and arrived on July 8, 2014.

The left stamp is part of the set “Winter Flowers”, which was issued on February 14, 2014. The two stamps on the right commemorate the trains Congressional and 20th Century Limited. The stamps are part of the “Trains” stamp set (issued on August 26, 1999).

See also: #723 USA 13/04/26

#867 Latvia 14/06/09

Latvia 140609This very nice cover from Latvia was sent by Oleg, thank you! It was posted in Rīga on June 9 and arrived on June 11, 2014.

The left stamp was issued on February 23, 2008, and depicts an Easter Egg.

The middle stamp commemorates Latvian fairy tales. It was issued on August 23, 2008.

The two stamps on the right are part of the series “Coat of Arms”. They were issued on March 15, 2012 and depict the coat of arms of Kurzeme (Courland) and Dobele.

See also: #472 Latvia 10/11/13

#866 United Kingdom 14/09/08

UK 140908This nice cover from the UK was sent by C., thank you! It was posted in London on September 8 and arrived on September 12, 2014.

The top left stamp is part of the “Swans” set, which commemorates the 600th anniversary of the Abbotsbury Swannery. It was issued on January 19, 1993. The top right stamp is part of the set (issued on April 12, 2011), which commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

The bottom stamp commemorates the 1983 Commonwealth Day. It is part of a set, which was issued on March 9, 1983.

#865 Estonia 14/08/13

Estonia 140813This very nice cover from Estonia was sent by Romeo, thank you! It was posted in Koeru on August 13 and arrived on August 18, 2014.

The right stamps are custom ones and depict Romeo’s photographs “Laine Laks” and “Jäääär”.

#864 Liechtenstein 14/03/04

Liechtenstein 140304Vural has sent this nice cover from Liechtenstein, thank you! It was posted in Vaduz on March 4 and arrived on March 7, 2014.

The left stamps are part of the definitive series and were issued on November 16, 2009.

The right stamp is a custom one, which can be seen at the different inscription “Liechtensteinische Post AG” and the logo in the top left corner.

#863 Denmark 14/08/18

Denmark 140818Hans Jørgen sent another nice cover from Denmark, thank you! It was cancelled at the Sydjyllands Postcenter on August 18 and arrived on August 20, 2014.

The bottom left stamp was issued on September 2, 2013. It depicts an artwork of Per Ingemann.

The top middle stamp commemorates the fairy tale “The Nightingale” by Hans Christian Andersen (1805 – 1875). It is part of a set of four, which was issued on June 1, 2012.

See also: #825 Denmark 14/07/22

#862 Malaysia 14/10/??

Malaysia 1410xxThis amazing registered cover from Malaysia was sent by Randy, thank you! It was posted in Selangor and arrived on October 29, 2014.

The left stamp in the first row depicts the lizard Gonocephalus grandis. It is part of the set “Endangered Reptiles”, which was issued on September 28, 2005. The second stamp (part of the set “Protected Mammals”; issued July 27, 2005) commemorates the yellow-throated marten (Martes flavigula). The next stamp depicts the leaf scorpionfish (Taenianotus triacanthus). It is the 2006 joint issue of Malaysia and Brunei. The next stamp is part of the set “Traditional Transportation” (issued on August 18, 2004) and depicts a rickshaw. The four stamps on the right are part of the set “Garden Flowers”, which was issued on July 1, 2010. The stamps depict the flowers Canna indica.

The stamp set in the second row (issued on June 28, 2003) depicts the islands and maps of Ligitan and Sipadan.

In the third row there is the stamp set “Pitcher Plants”, which was issued on April 6, 1996. It commemorates the plants Nepenthes sanguinea, N. macfarlanei, N. rajah, and N. lowii. The stamp on the right (issued on May 8, 1998) is part of a set that commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Malaysian Red Crescent Society.

In the last row there is the stamp set, which commemorates the 2000 International Union of Forestry Research Organisations Conference in Kuala Lumpur. The set was issued on August 7, 2000. The stamp on the right is part of the 2010 “Garden Flowers” set too and commemorates the Indian lotus (Nelumbo nucifera).

#861 Laos 14/10/07

Laos 141007This very nice cover from Laos was sent by Wolfgang, thank you very much! It was posted in Vientiane on October 7 and arrived on October 21, 2014.

The stamp on the left commemorates the pottery handicraft. It is part of the set “Lao handicrafts”, which was issued on March 14, 2011. The middle stamp is part of the “Aubergines/Eggplant” set, which was issued on October 1, 2008. The right stamp is part of the stamp set, which commemorates the 40th anniversary of the ASEAN. It was issued on August 8, 2007.

See also:#628 Laos 13/01/24

#860 Taiwan 14/10/16

Taiwan 141016Kia has sent this beautiful first day cover from Taiwan, thank you very much! It was cancelled on October 16 (Minguo calendar year: 103) and arrived on November 5, 2014.

The special postmarks and the right stamp commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Taipei Zoo. The stamp is part of a mini-sheet and depicts a panda bear and its baby.

The left stamp is part of the set “Taiwanese Delicacies”, which was issued on January 31, 2013.

#859 British Antarctic Territory 14/10/27

BAT 141027On November 10, 2014 I received this very nice cover from the British Antarctic Territory. It was posted on October 27 at the Rothera Research Station on Adelaide Island.

The stamps are part of the set “Naval Aviation Week”, which was issued on January 1, 2009. The stamps depict the airplanes Supermarine Walrus and Fairey Seafox.

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